Dying in America: Nurses Leading the Conversation


Dying in America is a multimedia documentary project that examines the dying experience through the eyes of nurses, directed by award-winning filmmaker Carolyn Jones.

We believe that by exploring the death and dying process with those who navigate its waters daily, we can better prepare ourselves and our loved ones when we are faced with the difficult decisions that come with the end of life. Perhaps by embracing and normalizing the conversation about death and dying, we can lead a more fulfilling life all the way to our last breaths.

It is our greatest hope that this will offer some direction, comfort, and community for anyone facing these difficult times. 

We will never defeat death, but we can prepare ourselves and our loved ones for what lies ahead and make the experience of dying as rich and as meaningful as the experience of living.

David’s Story

Giving clinicians the tools to talk about death

Robin Kanarek, RN, BSN

Nurse Educator and Philanthropist
President of the Kanarek Family Foundation

As a teenager, Robin was on her way to art school when a summer job at a doctor's office introduced her to the nursing profession, prompting her to change her path. Now, as a nurse and mother, she knows all too well how crucial a role palliative care can play in a good end-of-life experience. As the President of the Kanarek Family Foundation, she seeks to bring nurses into the forefront of end-of-life conversations with patients.